The Case For Cannabis Law Reform

The print version of the New Zealand Edition of The Case For Cannabis Law Reform is available from TradeMe for NZD28.00.

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The Case For Cannabis Law Reform, edited by Vince McLeod, is a book containing all the arguments for cannabis law reform, referenced with recent data. It was released in September 2019.

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The Arguments For Cannabis Law Reform:

1. Prohibition Doesn’t Work
2. The Market Needs to be Regulated
3. People Have A Right to Freedom
4. God Put Cannabis Here
5. Cannabis is a Medicine
6. Cannabis is an Established Crop
7. Effectiveness of the Police
8. Effectiveness of the Prisons
9. Prohibition Harms Respect for the Law and for the Police
10. The Punishment Does Not Fit the Crime
11. The Effect of Criminal Records is Disproportionate
12. Cannabis Is An Alternative to Booze
13. Other Acceptable Drugs Are More Harmful Than Cannabis
14. An Ethnic Rights Perspective
15. It’s Easier to Stop Using Cannabis If It’s Legal
16. Cannabis Prohibition Harms the Youth
17. An Elderly Perspective
18. Cannabis Meets The Industrial Needs of This Century
19. Prohibition Funds Crime
20. It Doesn’t Matter That Awful People Support Cannabis Law Reform
21. Cannabis Law Reform is Not A Slippery Slope
22. Cannabis is a Religious And Spiritual Sacrament
23. Cannabis is a Tool For Personal Growth
24. Quality Control
25. Prohibition is a Waste of Money
26. The Effect on Social Cohesion
27. Governments Shouldn’t Conduct A War on Drugs Against Their Own People
28. Prohibition Corrupts the Youth
29. Prohibition Destroys Families
30. Cannabis is not a Gateway Drug
31. People Would Not Use More Cannabis if it Was Legal
32. Law Reform Would Bring Some Sense to Workplace Drug Testing
33. Prohibition Raises Prices But Also Raises Incentive to Supply
34. Cannabis Prohibition is Cruel
35. Cannabis Taxation Would Not Create a Black Market For Cannabis
36. Cannabis is Not Harmful
37. It Doesn’t Matter That People With Substance Abuse Disorders Use Cannabis
38. Cannabis Does Not Cause Paranoia
39. Cannabis is Not Addictive
40. Cannabis Does Not Cause Schizophrenia
41. Reform Would Not Send The Wrong Message to the Children
42. Cannabis Doesn’t Make People Impotent
43. Amotivational Syndrome Is Not A Reason To Prohibit Cannabis
44. Cannabis Does Not Lead to Crime
45. It Doesn’t Matter That High-THC Strains Now Exist
46. It Doesn’t Matter That People Have to Pay For Cannabis Users’ Healthcare
47. Cannabis Law Reform is Better For The Environment
48. The Majority Now Wants Cannabis Law Reform
49. It Doesn’t Matter That You Know One Person Who Smoked Weed and Went Crazy
50. Fears of A ‘Big Cannabis’ Lobby Are Overblown
51. The Criminal Justice System is Not A Path to Treatment
52. Cannabis Law Reform Will Not Increase Drugged Driving Deaths
53. Reform Doesn’t Mean Stoned Workers
54. Drugs Are Not Categorically Bad
55. Cannabis Does Not Make People Violent
56. There is No Moral Argument Against Cannabis
57. Cannabis is An Exit Drug
58. Cannabis Prohibition Does Not Serve the Good of Society

Best of VJMP 2017

The 64 most popular articles or essays on www.vjmpublishing.nz, measured by a weighted algorithm that counted unique pageviews, time reading the page, and social media comments and shares on the page in question during 2017, are here collected in the book Best of VJMP 2017.

The paperback version of the New Zealand Edition of Best of VJMP 2017 is available from the VJM Publishing TradeMe store for $31.90

The paperback version of the International Edition of Best of VJMP 2017 is available from Amazon for CreateSpace for USD15.99

The following is a list of links to the top-ranked articles and essays, in order of where they were placed by the algorithm.

1. When Cannabis Becomes Legal, Psychedelics Are Next

2. Spirituality Is The Ultimate Threat To The Government

3. Sobriety Bias Syndrome

4. New Zealand Should Start Accepting White South Africans As Refugees

5. Things That Will Stop Happening With A Universal Basic Income

6. Did Richie McCaw Destroy International Rugby?

7. The Solution to Nelson Drunkenness is Cannabis Cafes on Bridge Street

8. The “Hard Question” of Consciousness Was Solved Thousands of Years Ago

9. The Great Fractal

10. Should People Lose The Right to Vote When They Get the Pension?

11. Whatever Happened to The Polynesian Takeover of New Zealand Rugby?

12. The Three Main Forms of Virtue Signalling

13. Why Lucifer is a Symbol of Enlightenment

14. Anti-Buddhism

15. Is New Zealand The Worst Country On Earth?

16. The Symbiotic Relationship Between Humans and Cats

17. If Doctors Stopped Lying About Cannabis They Might be Believed on Vaccines

18. The 16-Point Program of the New Zealand Anti-Puritan Party

19. How Cyberpunk Did The World Become?

20. Fellas – It’s (Almost Entirely) A Question Of Demonstrating A Capacity For Resource Acquisition

21. How to Not Sound Crazy When Talking About Your Psychedelic Experiences

22. Peter Dunne Just Made it Legal to Violate the Bill of Rights Act

23. Did Aleister Crowley Predict That Donald Trump Would Become a Great Man?

24. How the Ruling Class Stays in Power

25. Who is at the Helm of Your Ship?

26. An Anarcho-Homicidalist Primer

27. The Four Great Masculine Motivations

28. Why Kiwis Hate the Police II

29. Why The Concept Of White Genocide Doesn’t Make Sense

30. Can the Lions Cope With Blitzkrieg Rugby?

31. If Speculative Fiction Genres Were Psychoactive Drugs

32. Is Ross Taylor the Most Underrated Kiwi Sportsman of All Time?

33. The Four Tenets of Anarcho-Homicidalism

34. Cannabis Prohibition is a Pakeha Law With No Place in Aotearoa

35. Cannabis and Alcohol Users Must Unite Against the Wowsers and Control Freaks

36. Are the Black Caps Really a Better Test Side than the Baggy Greens?

37. New Zealand Political Journalism Is Such Absolute Garbage

38. What’s Defective in the Brain of Gareth Morgan?

39. The Two Strains of Neo-Christianity

40. The Basics of Anarcho-Homicidalist Etiquette

41. If Materialism Is False, Death Is Nothing To Fear

42. Social Justice Warrior Culture Is The Totalitarianism of Our Age

43. Alt-Centrism: A Political Philosophy Whose Time Has Come

44. Beneficiaries Are The Only True Environmentalists

45. Are We Living In The Kali Yuga?

46. How Well Did The Economy Do Under John Key?

47. Freethinkers! It’s Time to Pull Back to the Secret Societies Again…

48. Could Amelia Kerr Play For the Black Caps?

49. Why Christianity Will Destroy The West (Again)

50. New Zealand is Now More Backwards Than South Africa

51. Blade Runner 2049 Shows That Cyberpunk Will Live Forever

52. Is David Seymour the Biggest Coward in the New Zealand Parliament?

53. In New Zealand, Growing Cannabis is Worse Than Raping Children With No Remorse

54. The Life Cycle of Internet Forums

55. Tall Poppy Syndrome Is A Slave Morality

56. The Boringest T20I Is Worse Than The Boringest ODI

57. We Don’t Need a Cannabis Referendum – Just Legalise It

58. Jacinda Ardern Lied To Us About Changing The Medicinal Cannabis Laws

59. Toxic Femininity

60. If You Want Cannabis Law Reform in 2017, Pray Bill English Gets Cancer

61. Is It Time to Ban Male Infant Genital Mutilation in New Zealand?

62. Should We Lower Women’s Pensions to Bridge The “Gender Death Gap”?

63. Stockholm Syndrome and Modern Society

64. Trip Report: 35mg 2C-B-FLY (Doors of Deception)

Learn Maori Vocabulary With Mnemonics

Leading up to the Southern Summer Solstice of 2019, VJM Publishing will be co-operating with Jeff Ngatai to put together a book about learning the vocabulary of Te Reo Maori by using mnemonics.

A follow up to our 2012 publication Learn Spanish Vocabulary With Mnemonics, this book will essentially seek to achieve the same goal: to help native speakers of English learn another language as efficiently as possible.

A mnemonic is a way of arranging information so that, when you learn it, it is much easier to remember. An example of a mnemonic is the fictional boy’s name ROY G. BIV – not a real name but if you can remember it you can remember red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet: the colours of the rainbow.

Note! A mnemonic is a tool for learning how to remember words, not a tool for learning how to pronounce words! This book will teach you how to remember the Maori translations for a moderately large number of English words, which will make it much easier and faster for you to learn the necessary vocabulary to speak fluent Te Reo. However, if you want to learn how to pronounce these words you have to listen to a native speaker and imitate them! This book can only be used in conjunction with e.g. YouTube videos that feature native speakers speaking the language. They will teach you how to pronounce the words – this book will tell you how to remember which of the most important thousand or so words translate from English to Maori and vice-versa.

Mnemonics were used by ancient Greek and Roman statesmen to memorise the 20 or 30-minute speeches that they were forced to give in order to prove their mental competence to govern.

Used skillfully, they are capable of rapidly increasing the speed at which a student can learn a set body of information as well as the length of time that the body of information can be remembered before it starts to degrade.

A common way to use a mnemonic to learn a piece of foreign language vocabulary is to imagine a scene, as realistically as possible, replete with sights and smells and sounds.

There must be something about the scene that links the sound of the word that you are trying to learn with the word in English, so that the two of them become associated in your memory (associative learning is the basis of mnemonics).

If you wanted to learn that the Swedish word for ‘table’ is ‘bord’ you can imagine a man sitting at a table with his head in one hand, looking bored. Once you associate the sight of the table with the word ‘bored’ you have also associated table with the similar-sounding ‘bord’.

An example of a mnemonic to learn Maori language vocabulary might be as follows.

Let’s say you want to learn that the word for ‘man’ is ‘tāne’. You might imagine yourself peering into a fog and seeing a fleeting shape. The shape takes the form of a man, and you hear him speak in a man’s voice.

It is definitely a man – and then the fog clears more and you see that the man was Tony Soprano (if you don’t know who Tony Soprano is, imagine that man is anyone else you know named Tony).

If you need to remember the name for ‘man’ at any point, this mnemonic should help your subconscious mind recall the link between the idea of ‘man’ and a sound similar to ‘Tony’ – and so you should remember that the translation is ‘tāne’.

All of the mnemonics in the upcoming book Learn Maori Vocabulary With Mnemonics are of this kind: a simple, powerful visual image that makes a phonetic connection between a word in English and its translation in Te Reo Maori.

Starting tomorrow, this website will start to present short lists of English-Maori mnemonics that are excerpts from the upcoming book.

Previous lists of mnemonics for native speakers of English looking to learn Maori vocabulary:

Home Words
Competition Words
Military Words
Physical Dimensions
Sports Words
Natural Cycles
Entertainment Words
Colour Words
Animal Words
Head Words
Travel Words
Nature Words
Food Words
Kitchen Words
Garden Words
Caring and Sharing Words
Government Words
Rugby Positions
Rugby Words
Truth and Lies Words
Buildings Words
Parts of Language Words
Law and Justice Words
Time Words
Protest and Politics Words
Media Words
Recreational Drugs Words
School and Study Words
Spirituality Words
Voting and Elections Words
Banking and Money Words

Understanding New Zealand

The paperback version of the New Zealand Edition of Understanding New Zealand is available from the VJM Publishing TradeMe store for $29.90

The paperback version of the International Edition of Understanding New Zealand is available from Amazon for USD19.99.

The Kindle version of the International Edition of Understanding New Zealand is available from Amazon for AUD11.99.

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Dan McGlashan’s Understanding New Zealand has now (07 DEC 17) been released as a paperback 2nd Edition to take into account the results of the 2017 General Election.

This brilliant and unprecedented demographic analysis of the full breadth of the people of Aotearoa has been updated to tell you what groups of people voted for which parties in the 2017 General Election, exactly which demographics supported those parties and how strongly.

It will also tell you about the direction and size of trends in voting patterns from 2014.

Compiling the data from the Electorate Profiles index on the New Zealand Parliament website into a correlation matrix, Understanding New Zealand discusses the various interrelations between age, income, sex, education, occupation, industry, ethnicity, religion, tenure of dwelling, how the North Island compares to the South and even tobacco smoking habits.

Over 11,000 correlations were examined in the writing of this book, allowing McGlashan to bring enlightenment to any Kiwi with an interest in sociology, psychology, anthropology or politics.